This week marks the five year anniversary of the unexplained death of a female truck driver found inside the sleeper berth of her semi truck at a truck stop in 2018.
The body of Mississippi-based truck driver Karmeshia Thomas, 25, was found in the sleeper berth area of her truck at the Mardi Gras Truck Stop in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 12, 2018.
Five years later, no arrests have been made and the New Orleans Police Department is still investigating the unusual circumstances of Thomas’s death.
What Happened to Karmeshia Thomas?
Karmeshia Thomas’s mother Joyce Thomas said that the last time she heard from her daughter was on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Thomas says that Karmeshia called her that day from the truck stop’s office after her phone had been stolen while she was on Bourbon Street. Joyce Thomas says that her daughter was scheduled to be home on Monday, September 10, but that she never showed up.
Truck stop workers also say that they saw Karmeshia Thomas on Sunday inside the building watching football. She is said to have gotten a ride from an Uber or Lyft driver at some time on Sunday.
On Wednesday, truck stop management went out to Thomas’s truck to check on her after receiving a call from her company.
“When I came out and we banged on the window, we didn’t get an answer. But, we saw a lot of flies,” the store manager told WWLTV in the days following the discovery of the body.
The doors of the truck were locked, so rescue crews broke out the windows and found Thomas dead inside the sleeper berth area. Joyce Thomas says that “they said she was covered in blood.”
Joyce Thomas said that she was not allowed to see her daughter’s body. She also said that she didn’t understand why no one from the truck stop checked on her daughter for days, especially since she hadn’t paid for her parking spot: “How could you let someone sit on your parking lot for three days and you noticed they haven’t come and paid.”